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Westminster basketball: Griffins fall to Argos in final seconds

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Jan. 10 2014 8:30 p.m. MST

The Westminster College men’s basketball team saw its perfect start to the Frontier Conference season come to an end with a 70-69 loss at Great Falls (Mont.) on Friday night in the McLaughlin Center.

Leading by 10 in the first half, Westminster (10-7, 3-1 Frontier) saw the home squad use a Marcel Towns bucket with less than two seconds remaining propel Great Falls (12-6, 3-2) to the win. Leading 69-68 with seven seconds on the clock, Westminster’s Tallon Robertson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to give the Argos the final chance.

Robertson’s play throughout the night gave the Griffins a chance as the senior finished with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Robertson mane 7-of-10 at the foul line and pulled in four rebounds and taking five steals.

The Griffins shot 47.2 percent from the floor in the game and had seven 3-pointers. They recorded 13 assists on 25 made field goals with only 10 turnovers. Westminster forced 17 UGF turnovers and held the Argos to 48.2 percent shooting and 28.6 from beyond the arc.

Colton Moon used three triples to score 13 points for Westminster. Quincy Bair added 12 points, and Vlake Skidmore scored 11.

Towns led all scorers with 25 points on a night when he shot 10-of-16 from the floor. T.J. Harris scored 12 points, and Naren Maynard grabbed 12 rebounds with seven on the offensive end.

Westminster will look to recover Saturday when it faces 15th-ranked Montana State-Northern at 8 p.m. MST in Armory Gymnasium in Havre, Mont.

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